Tour of Duty

Season 1 Episode 15

Soldiers

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 1988 on CBS
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The squad is in heavy contact with a group of enemy soldiers, and after taking several casualties manage to be retrieved by two helicopters. Danny hears that his father is hospitalized after a near-fatal heart-attack and is given emergency medical leave. Danny finds that his father and mother have separated and his father has taken up with a younger woman who is loyal to him. Danny feels left out and alienated from a man who he already wasn't close to. While waiting for his father to get better, Danny meets Rudy Morales, a vet handicapped by wounds -- a bitter, broken man. Danny is seriously upset by this and further upset by an argument with his father. Meanwhile, Taylor and Ruiz decide that they need to be by Danny's side, so they talk Anderson into pulling some strings and getting their R&R in Bangkok changed to Honolulu. Once in Hawaii they are exposed to the "real" world of mini-skirts and negative attitudes about the war.moreless

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    Stephen Caffrey

    Stephen Caffrey

    Lt. Myron Goldman

    Kim Delaney

    Kim Delaney

    Alex Devlin

    John Dye

    John Dye

    Private Francis 'Doc Hock' Hockinberry

    Alan Scarfe

    Alan Scarfe

    Col. Stringer

    Terence Knox

    Terence Knox

    Sgt. Zeke Anderson

    Eric Bruskotter

    Eric Bruskotter

    Pvt. Scott Baker

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      • Music in this episode
        * Pipeline - The Venturas. Plays at the start when the men are pinned down by enemy fire until the first chopper touches down.
        * Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison. Plays immediately after Percell says "I'd rather sandpaper a bobcat's butt in a telephone booth" until they come out and show Joe Ruiz's new tattoo.
        * Dancin' in the Streets - Martha and the Vandellas. Plays when the guys are back in the cab, and in the bar they are drinking at.
        * The Star Spangled Banner - Plays on the TV in the hotel room when the guys get back that night from partying.

      • During the last scene where Taylor, Ruiz and Percell are about to board the plane back to Chu Lai you can clearly see in the background an Army Black Hawk Helicopter being unloaded. Black Hawks where first introduced after the war.

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      • Robert Fuller, who plays Danny Purcell's father in this episode, also played Dr. Kelly Bracket on the 1970's series Emergency and Emergency One.

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